John Kobelke

John Kobelke

Minister for Police and Emergency Services; Community Safety; Water Resources; Sport and Recreation

    State's newest firefighters ready for bush fire season

    30/11/2007 11:44 AM

    A total of 25 new career firefighters are ready to protect life and property in Western Australia following today’s graduation from Firefighter Training School 62.

    Police and Emergency Services Minister John Kobelke welcomed the latest graduating recruits to the ranks of WA’s Fire and Rescue Service following an intensive 13-week training course at the FESA Training Centre in Forrestfield.

    “I know from the public’s point of view the relief that is felt when they see a firefighting crew arrive at an incident,” Mr Kobelke said.

    “Firefighters are some of the most unselfish people in the world. They put their lives on the line to protect others - no questions asked.

    “It is reassuring to know that you’ll be in the good hands of well-trained and skilled firefighters.”

    The Minister said it was not just the metropolitan area that had experienced bushfires this season.

    While there had been a number of large bush fires across the metropolitan area in Banjup, Neerabup and Yellagonga Regional Park, firefighters were also busy in regional areas, including battling fires around Esperance following lightning strikes earlier this week.

    All 25 recruits from Firefighter Training School 62 completed studies based on theoretical and practical components of a nationally recognised, competency-based training program.

    “I congratulate all the graduating firefighters on successfully completing their course and achieving the Certificate II in Public Safety (Fire and Emergency Operations),” Mr Kobelke said.

    The Minister wished the firefighters well for the upcoming bush fire season, which will see many of them gaining real life experience at bush fires over the coming months.

    “I thank the firefighters for selecting a career that involves protecting lives, property and the environment from fire and other emergencies on behalf of the State Government and the Western Australian community,” he said.

    Western Australia’s newest firefighters will commence their first shifts on station next week.

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